Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start A War [Review]

Fozzy-2Fozzy – Do You Wanna Start A War
2014, Century Media Records
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1. “Do You Wanna Start a War”
2. “Bad Tattoo”
3. “Lights Go Out”
4. “Died With You”
5. “Tonite”
6. “Brides of Fire”
7. “One Crazed Anarchist”
8. “Unstoppable”
9. “Scarecrow”
10. “No Good Way”
11. “SOS”
12. “Witchery”

Chris Jericho – Lead Vocals
Rich Ward – Guitar, Backing Vocals
Billy Grey – Guitar
Paul Di Leo – Bass
Frank Fontsere – Drums

Producer: Rich Ward

Fozzy’s sixth album brings them their best first-week sales and highest Billboard chart position yet — over 5,000 copies sold to place the album at No. 54. There was a time when a number like that wouldn’t have gotten you in the Top 200 at all but in this digital age, that’s a pretty good number for a rock/metal band.

For the most part, the album is modern hard rock/metal that could be passed off as Shinedown, Pop Evil or whoever but the band takes a few twists and turns every few tracks. This isn’t necessarily a problem as long as the songs are good but this album is all over the place. Which, I guess, is a symptom of all Fozzy releases. They do a lot of genre hopping and trend-following. On All That Remains, they tried a rap-metal song. On Chasing the Grail, they did a song that sounded like Avenged Sevenfold. With Do You Wanna Start A War has a modern rock radio ballad in the form of “Died With You” but experiments with screamo metal on “One Crazed Anarchist” and then I hear bits of glam rock on “Tonight”. “SOS” is a cover of ABBA.

As I said, this isn’t a bad thing. Do You Wanna Start A War is a pretty interesting listen because of its diversity and the band is employing melodies to a greater degree this time. Chris Jericho’s voice continues to get stronger. His work on their earlier albums was pretty weak and he was probably getting by only on name-value at that point but he’s definitely come along as a vocalist. I would actually rather him focus on music these days than professional wrestling.

14 years after the band’s first release, it seems like Fozzy finally has a spark about them, even if their sound is a bit unfocused.

Highlights: “Do You Wanna Start A War”, “Lights Go Out”, “Died With You”, “Scarecrow”, “No Good Way”, “SOS”

Posted on October 26, 2014, in Fozzy and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Have you sen Fozzy live? I have and while I rate Jerico’s voice as passable, when he’s on stage, he has a commanding stage presence that some singers of greater vocal ability can only dream of having. It also helps that he has a pretty good band behind him.

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